w “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,         as in obeying the voice of the LORD?     Behold,  x to obey is better than sacrifice,         and to listen than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of divination,         and presumption is as iniquity and  y idolatry.     Because  z you have rejected the word of the LORD,          a he has also rejected you from being king.”
2 KINGS—NOTE ON 17:6 the king of Assyria captured Samaria. Shalmaneser is identified here as the conqueror of Samaria, c. 722 B.C., after a three-year siege (see also 18:9–10); this agrees with the Babylonian Chronicle. But Shalmaneser’s successor Sargon II (722–705 B.C.) takes this honor for himself in his inscriptions, perhaps in order to claim more success for himself than he actually achieved and also to give himself legitimacy (as a usurper of the Assyrian throne) by connecting himself with the previous reign. The places of exile mentioned in this verse (Halah, the Habor,
The Fall of Samaria and Deportation of Israelites 722 B.C. During the reign of Hoshea of Israel, Shalmaneser of Assyria attacked Israel and made it a vassal kingdom. Later, however, Hoshea conspired against Assyria, refusing to pay the tribute and appealing to Egypt for help, so the Assyrians came and besieged Samaria until it fell. Many Israelites were exiled far from Israel to the area near Gozan and the cities of the Medes,